Jean Berko Gleason
Jean Berko Gleason is one of the world’s leading experts on children’s language and one of the founding mothers of the field of psycholinguistics. She created the famous Wug Test, which reveals how children learn the rules of language, such as how to make singular words plural. Her current work investigates parents’ speech and the interactive nature of language acquisition. She is the author of leading textbooks in her field and many influential studies of aphasia, language development, gender differences in language, and language in the Roma community in Hungary.
Gleason is Professor Emerita in the department of psychology at Boston University. A member of the Academy of Aphasia, she is past president of the International Association for the Study of Child Language and of the Gypsy Lore Society. Her work is frequently cited in the professional literature, and has been featured in the popular media. She is currently profiled in the PBS online Nova Science Now series The Secret Life of Scientists.